A British journalist was detained today while covering a pro-Tibet protest near the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.
John Ray, a correspondent for ITN, says he was “bundled away, pushed to the floor and pinned down” before being “manhandled into the back of a police van.”
The Guardian has footage that shows uniformed police officers shoving other reporters and photographers, too.
In Ray’s case, he says Chinese police officers ignored his press credentials and questioned him about his views on Tibet.
Once more: Whose bright idea was it to have an enormous media event in a place where journalism is a crime?